The AUR Honors Program creates catalytic learning experiences that allow students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to build a better world.

This program educates and trains entrepreneurial leaders who seek out the toughest challenges, find opportunity in crisis, and demonstrate principled leadership.

AUR Honors students are the next generation of job creators, creative problem solvers, and system shapers who will transform their fields, improve their communities, and move the world forward.

For students with a qualifying GPA, the AUR Honors Program offers transformative learning experiences that allow students to apply entrepreneurial thinking to build a better world. Available to outstanding students from all majors, the program seeks to educate and train entrepreneurial leaders that seek out the toughest challenges, find opportunity in crisis, and demonstrate principled leadership. Whether that is applying Design Thinking to launch a website, or a film or publishing company, or finding enterprising ways of bringing technology to issues of archaeological and art conservation, the AUR Honors Program provides a truly unique opportunity. 

Students will learn and apply best practices in American innovation and entrepreneurship to address some of the toughest challenges we face globally, as well as explore ways of creating professional opportunities rather than just finding them. Students are mentored by world-class “Entrepreneurs in Residence”, and have access to unique out of classroom opportunities throughout the program.  

AUR Honors provides a truly unique opportunity to learn and apply best practices in American innovation and entrepreneurship to address some of the most daunting challenges we face globally including: energy, clean water, food systems, and inequality among others things. Students will learn from and be mentored by world-class faculty, work directly with practitioners, and have access to unique out of classroom opportunities throughout the program.   

Key Principles of the Program

  • Social impact - creating net positive impact is essential to 21st century business models
     
  • Human centered - a human centered approach to designing and building solutions
     
  • Bias towards action - a bias towards making, building, doing
     
  • Practice based theory - theory is best understood when applied
     
  • Multidisciplinary - celebration of and integration with the liberal arts, sciences, and social sciences
     
  • Entrepreneurship as change making - entrepreneurship as an effective mechanism for creating change in the world
     
  • Self authorship - the creative process as a means of autonomy; moving from job seeking to job creating
     
  • Leadership Integrity - principled leadership ultimately creates long term success

The program is led by Visiting Professor and Acting Director Kyla Fullenwider. A former White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, Chief Innovation Officer, and venture funded founder who has led award winning social impact initiatives with Fortune 100 companies, Kyla brings almost two decades of entrepreneurial and social innovation experience in the public and private sector to the program.